My condolences goes out Shirley Jackson and the entire family of the late Arthur L. Jackson Jr. during their time of bereavement. I have been knowing Mr. Jackson nearly all of my life and the family was close friends to my family because my moma worked in the school system.
Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”
Song: The Storm Is Over Now – Kirk Franklin
The Obituary: Arthur L. Jackson Jr.
The local economy in 2017 was bolstered by two major economic development announcements coming in a two-week span that will bring more than 900 jobs to the area.
The biggest news in the Twin Counties was the announcement by Triangle Tire Co., one of the largest Chinese tiremakers, making the largest ever manufacturing investment in rural North Carolina with a nearly $580 million in investment and the creation of 800 jobs coming to Edgecombe County by 2023 at the 1,449-acre Kingsboro megasite.
State economists said 70 percent of the jobs created in the state in 2017 went to the major metropolitan areas like the Triangle, the Triad and Charlotte. Gov. Roy Cooper said any jobs going to a rural area is significant. The Edgecombe County operation is expected to pay an average wage of $56,450, which is almost double the average wage of $32,642 in Edgecombe County. (Rocky Mount Telegram)
For Edgecombe County, 2017 was about recovery.
The county continued to pick up the pieces left by Hurricane Matthew while trying to climb out of the years-long economic slump that had hit everyone, especially Eastern North Carolina, hard.
The year kicked off with an announcement from James Knight that he soon would retire as sheriff. Knight was a longtime sheriff and the first black sheriff of Edgecombe County. Local Democrats got to choose his successor, leading to some in-fighting among party leadership.
Clee Atkinson, a retired trooper with the N.C. State Highway Patrol, was selected over two longtime deputies and a retired Rocky Mount police officer. Atkinson already has announced plans to run for the office when his appointed term expires. (Rocky Mount Telegram)